Saturday afternoon saw seniors proudly process to the
Alumni Healthful Living Center where family and
friends gathered to share in their achievements.
In his address, University President Anthony S. Caprio
expressed his hope that the graduates would continue
to remain connected to the University. “To each of you,
Author Roland Merullo served as the Commencement speaker and was honored
with a President’s Medallion.
Mr. Merullo is the author of 20 books, including 12 novels, two memoirs, and
numerous essays that have appeared in such publications as The New York Times,
Yankee Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Forbes. His 2003 novel: In Revere, In
Those Days was a Booklist Editor’s Choice and Maria Thomas Award Winner.
Breakfast with Buddha (currently in its 19th printing) was nominated for the
Dublin IMPAC International Literary Award; and American Savior, which won the
Honor Award in fiction from the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Revere Beach
Boulevard was recently named one of New England’s top 100 essential books by
The Boston Globe.
“What I try to do in my books is to ‘provoke,’ Merullo stated. “By that, I don’t
mean to provoke to upset people or make people angry, I mean to provoke people
to think about the big questions that we don’t usually have time to think about.”
He spoke about the inspiration he found in Massachusetts native son and unde-
feated boxing champion Rocky Marciano, whose photo Merullo keeps close as an
inspiration for his writing.
College of Business Dean Julie
Siciliano '81/G'84 will be retiring
from her position after a decade
of service and nearly two as a
member of the faculty. Under
her administration, the College
developed a stronger focus on
international programs and travel
courses, saw the receipt of its
largest ever gift turn into the
Cohen Trading Room and Scholarship program, introduced new
graduate and combined degree
programs, was re-accredited by
AACSB International, arranged
for the KPMG Community
Relations Professorship, and
worked with faculty to create
the Business Analytics and SAP
Professor Emeritus Eric Haffner (pictured with his family) returned
to campus to personally award his daughter, Lauren Haffner ’ 16
(Biology), her diploma.
Seyed Cheraghi ’ 16 (Health Sciences) stands with his proud father,
Dean S. Hossein Cheraghi, and family.